What do you do for the sake of normality? How far do you shove your reality down just to be able to claim that your life really is normal?
It does work. To a certain extent, but then reality always seems to catch up to me. Like an annoying fly that buzzes around me.
One of those annoying little flashbacks to reality happened with a cardiologist email. I had worn the heart event monitor (that I wrote about a few posts back) for a week, returned it to the doctor via postal mail, and had promptly forgotten about it. I really hadn’t cared enough to push for results like I would have done in the past. So I was pretty shocked when I got an email claiming that my monitor had caught runs of supraventriculuar tachycardia (SVT).
I wasn’t really prepared for that. It’s one thing to feel and suspect that something is getting worse, but an entirely whole other thing to be faced with the proof. My last monitor showed a hint of SVT in the form of Atrial Flutter. This one showed two runs of Atrial Tachycardia and I had only worn the monitor for a fourth of the time. My heart is definitely getting grumpier.
Oh well. I decided to ignore it until my next appointment in October. I will come up with a next step then. So I attempt to be normal…
Another interesting tid-bit that accompanies my illness, however, is the propensity for infections. This latest one clearly meant business:
Notice the red streaks? Yeah…
In less than 24hrs from when I got the blister on my toe, I had streaks of red going up towards my ankle. I was amazed. And in pain. Quite a bit of pain actually. Ouch…
There are a few times when an infection has almost turned into sepsis for me and it usually happens in the blink of an eye. One second I’m fine and I have it under control, and the next thing I know, the infection is clearly winning. This just happened to be one of those times.
The thing about rare diseases, is that it is sometimes hard to tell what is related to the disease and what is not. Loeys-Dietz is caused by a mutation in a signalling pathway that plays an important role in the immune system’s function. This means that my mutation could be the reason that I tend to get infections more easily. Or it could be totally unrelated. It’s hard to tell. This infection did earn me a course of strong antibiotics though.
Overall my life has been pretty un-exciting. Just a hint of “chronic-illness-flare” to make it seem a tad more interesting to people who lead healthier lives.
I do wish that “normal” could come a little more easily at times and I do begrudge the amount of time and effort I need to devote towards my health.
Imagine what I could have accomplished by now if I didn’t always have my health to contend with?
It almost makes me cry.